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World Team of the Decade revealed including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and just ONE Premier League star

THE World Team of the Decade has been revealed – with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both named.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics have compiled their best XI of the last ten years – having recently named Diego Simeone as the top manager.

The Team of the Decade features Ronaldo and Messi
The Team of the Decade features Ronaldo and Messi

And it’s fair to say there’s a distinct LaLiga flavour with Real Madrid stars – past and present – dominating the team.

Incredibly, FOUR of the 11 players have either played for or still turn out for Los Blancos.

Ronaldo is one, having been on the books of Real Madrid until his 2018 exit, when he joined Juventus in a £99million deal.

Marcelo gets the nod at left-back, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric both in midfield.

Barcelona have two legends of the game in the team, with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta making the cut.

Bayern Munich also feature heavily, with Manuel Neuer in goal.

Philipp Lahm starts at right-back with Robert Lewandowski – fresh from his Best Fifa Men’s Player award – up front.

In fact, just ONE Premier League player makes the XI – Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk.

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Ronaldo and Messi both unsurprisingly make the team with a host of stars omitted


Ronaldo and Messi both unsurprisingly make the team with a host of stars omittedCredit: Reuters

The Dutchman helped transform the Reds from also-rans to Champions League and Premier League winners following his 2018 move from Southampton.

While the starting XI looks exceptionally strong on paper, a host of superstars from the last decade have missed out.

In goal, the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, David De Gea, Jan Oblak and Iker Casillas miss out.

Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Vincent Kompany, Giorgio Chiellini and Nemanja Vidic all miss out in the back-four – although many of those only played around half of the decade.

In midfield, the likes of Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andrea Pirlo, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Yaya Toure and N’Golo Kante failed to make the cut.

Among the forwards, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Sergio Aguero, Neymar, Antoine Griezmann, Edinson Cavani, Karim Benzema, Luis Suarez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were all snubbed.

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